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Arena rules and regulations

Calgary Recreation strives to promote a positive experience for all participants. Arena users are expected to act in a safe, reasonable and respectful manner by adhering to the following expectations:
  • All persons under the age of 18 participating in organized sport must wear a Canadian Standards Association approved helmet.
  • CSA approved helmets are strongly recommended for all participants during ice activity and, in particular, for children and youth.
  • Pre-game or practice warm-ups i.e.: running on header trenches, stair climbing in the stands or calisthenics in the lobby areas, etc. are prohibited.
  • Calgary Recreation Arenas are non-smoking facilities.
  • Shooting of pucks, balls or other objects in the arena common areas is prohibited.
  • Use of profanity or inappropriate language is not permitted.
  • Groups/Individuals are responsible for any damage they cause to the facility.
  • Excessive noise makers are prohibited.
  • Garbage must be placed in receptacles provided.
  • Pets are not allowed on premises.
  • Unauthorized sale or distribution of food or beverages, goods and services is prohibited.
  • Unauthorized raffles or lotteries are not permitted in City facilities.
  • Spitting/chewing of tobacco products or sunflower seeds is not allowed.
  • Anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be refused entry or will be removed from the premises.
  • Possession and/or consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited including in locker rooms.

Public skating rules

  • For admission fees, see our skating and shinny pricing. Please note that a number of arenas accept cash only. Leisure centre fees can be paid at the Customer Service desk in the main lobby.
  • All participants must wear skates while on the ice for “Public Skating” but grippers over footwear would be allowed during “Parent & Child” drop in times.
  • Shoes, boots etc. will not be allowed for Public skating.
  • Tag or games are not permitted.
  • Chairs, skating aids, strollers and other devices are not permitted on the ice during “Public Skating” but will be allowed for “Parent & Child” drop in times.
  • Children will not be permitted on the ice without a parent or guardian during “Parent & Child” skate times.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted on the ice.
  • No one is to be on the ice while the Ice Resurfacer is being operated. Please wait until the gates are closed before using the ice.
  • Violation of any of these rules may result in loss of arena privileges.

Shinny hockey rules

  • Full hockey equipment and CSA approved hockey helmets are mandatory for children and youth 17 years and under are strongly recommended for all participants.
  • Maximum 26 players including two goalies (first two goalies free of charge).
  • No slap shots or body checks.
  • Players should rotate shifts to allow fair ice time. Shifts should not exceed 3 minutes per player.
  • Parent & Child Shinny for 6 – 12 years + parent. (Program is geared for children — full equipment required).
  • Youth Shinny for 13 – 17 years (Full equipment required).
  • Adult Shinny for 18 years and up (Full equipment strongly recommended).
  • Payments accepted 30 minutes prior to scheduled start of shinny on a first come basis.
  • * Optimist Saturday Shinny. There is limited availability in the Saturday 2:45 - 4:15 p.m. shinny timeslot. Numbered tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 1:30 p.m. Those with numbered tickets will be given priority and then the general public will gain access to this shinny timeslot.

View public skating and shinny hockey schedule​​​​​​​​


Parent and child shinny

  • Skating aids are not allowed.
  • Children must be accompanied by a parent and are required to wear full gear; parents must wear a helmet and skates.
  • Max 26 players including 2 goalies.

Sticks, pucks and rings guidelines

The intent of this program is to give participants of all ages and skill levels an opportunity to play on the ice with sticks, pucks and rings. It is not a game, it is designed for fun and individual practice in a safe environment. A maximum of 40 participants per ice time will be permitted.

  • All participants 17 years and under must wear full equipment.
  • Participants 18+ must wear a minimum of helmets, gloves, skates, long pants & long sleeves.
  • Children who play goal can attend but it is not a game. Hockey nets will NOT have the posts inserted to ensure the safety of beginner skaters.
  • Slap shots are not permitted.
  • Both Hockey and Ringette Players are welcome to attend.
  • All participants must pay required admission, including goalies.
  • Please be mindful of those around you so a safe environment and fun is had by all levels of players. Report all accidents/injuries and incidents to facility staff.
  • Calgary Recreation is not liable for any personal injury, loss or damage to personal property that may result from arena use. Arena staff may establish and enforce additional rules as deemed necessary.